When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”
But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”
So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it Yahweh Shalom. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.Judges 6:22-24
Yahweh Shalom: The Lord is Peace
This year as a part of our homeschool, I am taking my oldest daughter through the fruit of the Spirit, one per month, and we are memorizing Scriptures about each. November is peace. We have read about it, prayed for it, dwelled on it. What is peace? Or rather…Who?
Some think courage is the opposite of fear, but after many years of being afraid of everything, I don’t think so. Courage coexists with fear; it is born of fear, because without fear courage cannot exist. I am afraid of almost everything, so living every day is an act of great courage for me. No, courage is not the opposite of fear, exactly. Peace is.
The knowledge that no one is going to harm you, and the lack of compulsion to harm anyone else before they can – that is the fully opposite feeling, and that is peace. I have felt it, too. Like air in my starving lungs.
But this world inspires fear, not peace. In this wild world there is always death and destruction lurking in the dark places, and hiding well as they can even in the light. I once had someone say to me, “If we knew all the dangers we could encounter when we leave the house, we would never dare to step out the front door.” The world in sin is a world to fear.
But God conquered death; He is not susceptible to destruction. When we stay with Him, we stay with peace, because He is peace. He is peace Himself! He is Yahweh Shalom.
Hallelujah Yahweh Shalom!